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Gender, Race, and Nation Minor

Effective Winter 2014

Advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in Women's Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Advising appointments are made online. To make an advising appointment, please see the bottom left-hand corner of the Women's Studies website main page: /lsa.umich.edu/women/undergraduates/advising.

Prerequisites

None.

Requirements

Minimum Credits: 15

Five courses totaling at least 15 credits, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1. Foundational Course. One course chosen from:
    • WGS 240 (WOMENSTD 240) / AMCULT 240: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
    • WGS 250 (WOMENSTD 250): Gender, Race, & Nation
  2. Feminist Theory. One course chosen from:
    • WGS 330 (WOMENSTD 330): Feminist Thought
    • WGS 422 (WOMENSTD 422) / POLSCI 401: Feminist Political Theory
    • WGS 455 (WOMENSTD 455) / ANTHRCUL 455: Feminist Theory in Anthropology
  3. Electives. Three electives (9 credits) that focus on women in specific racial and ethnic groups (At least two courses must be upper-level courses, with at least one at the 400-level), chosen from:
    • AMCULT 498: Capstone Seminar, section titled, "Skin Deep: Race and Beauty in American Culture" (Only if elected WN17 or later)
    • WOMENSTD / ANTHRCUL / NURS 212: Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic 
    • WGS 215 (WOMENSTD 215) / HISTART / ARCH 216: Contested Spaces: Art, Architecture, Politics (Only if elected FA20 or later)
    • WGS 220 (WOMENSTD 220) / NURS 220: Perspectives in Women's Health
    • WGS 233 (WOMENSTD 233) / AMCULT 233: Genes and Society
    • WGS 235 (WOMENSTD 235) / AMCULT / ARABAM 235: Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Modern Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
    • WGS 239 (WOMENSTD 239) / AMCULT 239: Gender, Sexuality, and Health in America
    • WGS 242 (WOMENSTD 242) / AMCULT 242: Gender Violence in a Global Context 
    • WGS 243 (WOMENSTD 243) / AMCULT / LATINOAM 243: Latinas in the U.S.
    • WGS 270 (WOMENSTD 270) / SOC 270: Gender and the Law
    • WGS 291 (WOMENSTD 291) / PSYCH 291: Introduction to Psychology of Women and Gender 
    • WGS 293 (WOMENSTD 293) / AMCULT 293: 20th-Century Writing by Women of Color
    • WGS 297 (WOMENSTD 297) / PSYCH 297: Promoting Equity and Inclusion in the University and the Workplace (Only if elected FA17 or later)
    • WGS 301 (WOMENSTD 301) / ASIAN 301: Writing Japanese Women
    • WGS 302 (WOMENSTD 302) / HISTART / ANTHRCUL 302: Sex and Gender in Japan
    • WGS 304 (WOMENSTD 304) / AAS 304: Gender and Immigration
    • WOMENSTD 305 / ALA 306: Interdisciplinary & Intersectional LGBTQ Health
    • WGS 306 (WOMENSTD 306) / AAS 306: Women of Color and Feminism
    • WGS 307 (WOMENSTD 307) / ANTHRCUL / RCSSCI 327: Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
    • WGS 309 (WOMENSTD 309) / PSYCH 309: Psychology of Social Change: Gender and Global Feminisms (Only if elected WN19 or later)
    • WGS 312 (WOMENSTD 312): Queering US Immigration History
    • WGS 318 (WOMENSTD 318): Women, Politics, and Society in India
    • WGS 321 (WOMENSTD 321): Women's Lives in 20th-Century China
    • WGS 322 (WOMENSTD 322): Black Feminist Approaches to Health (Only if elected FA18 or later)
    • WGS 323 (WOMENSTD 323) / AAS 323 / HISTORY 388: Black Feminist Though and Practice
    • WGS 324 (WOMENSTD 324) / ANTHRCUL 325: Anthropology of Childbirth
    • WGS 327 (WOMENSTD 327) / HISTORY 327: History of Sexuality
    • WGS 328 (WOMENSTD 328) / AAS 328: Women, Agency, and Sexual Safety
    • WGS 329 (WOMENSTD 329) / AMCULT 329: Native American Feminism
    • WGS 332 (WOMENSTD 332) / ASIAN 342: Gender and Power in Southeast Asia 
    • WGS 335 (WOMENSTD 335): Gender and Globalization
    • WGS 336 (WOMENSTD 336) / AAS / HISTORY 336: Black Women in America
    • WGS 337 (WOMENSTD 337) / AAS / HISTORY 337: Black Women in the U.S.
    • WGS 343 (WOMENSTD 343): Special Topics in Gender and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WGS 345 (WOMENSTD 345): Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WGS 352 (WOMENSTD 352) / ASIAN 352: Gender, Sexuality, and Power in Pre-modern China
    • WGS 354 (WOMENSTD 354) / AAS / RCHUMS / HONORS 354: Race and Identity in Music
    • WGS 356 (WOMENSTD 356) / AMCULT / HISTORY 356: Health in America: Patterns, Experiences, Inequalities
    • WGS 357 (WOMENSTD 357): Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WGS 360 (WOMENSTD 360) / AMCULT 342 / HISTORY 368: History of the Family in the U.S.
    • WGS 363 (WOMENSTD 363) / AMCULT / ASIANPAM 363: Asian Pacific American Women
    • WGS 365 (WOMENSTD 365) / AAS 365: Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, and Reproduction
    • WGS 366 (WOMENSTD 366) / AMCULT 366 / HISTORY 353: Sex and Sexuality in U.S. Popular Culture
    • WOMENSTD 368 / AMCULT 368 / MIDEAST 378 / ARABAM 363: Women and War in the Middle East
    • WGS 374 (WOMENSTD 374): Gender, Race and Incarceration (Only if elected SP19 or later)
    • WGS 370 (WOMENSTD 370) / HISTORY 370 / AMCULT 375: Queer Histories of the United States, 1850 to present (Only if elected FA18 or later)
    • WGS 376 (WOMENSTD 376) / JUDAIC 376: Women and the Bible (Only if elected WN19 or later)
    • WOMENSTD / AMCULT 378: Violence Against Women of Color
    • WGS 381 (WOMENSTD 381) / AAS 381 / ENGLISH 380: Intersections: Fictions and Feminisms of the African Diaspora
    • WOMENSTD / AAS 390: Homophobia in the Black World
    • WOMENSTD / HISTORY 397 / MIDEAST 387: Religion and Politics in Contemporary Iran (Only if elected WN19 or later)
    • WGS 417 (WOMENSTD 417): Race, Gender & Mental Health in the 19th Century (Only if elected FA18 or later)
    • WGS 425 (WOMENSTD 425) / AMCULT 425: Feminist Practice in Oral History
    • WGS 427 (WOMENSTD  427) / AAS / ANTHRCUL 427: African Women
    • WGS 432 (WOMENSTD 432): Advanced Topics in Gender and Health, section titled "Race, Gender and Mental Health in the 19th Century" (Only if elected FA16 or later) or "Women, Gender and Health in E Asia: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives" (only if elected WN20 or later)
    • WGS 433 (WOMENSTD 433): Advanced Topics in Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WGS 434 (WOMENSTD 434): Advanced Topics in Gender, Culture & Representation, section titled "Race & Beauty in American Culture" (Only if elected WN17 or later)
    • WGS 434 (WOMENSTD 434): Advanced Topics in Gender, Culture & Representation, section titled "Skin Deep: Race and Beauty in American Culture" (Only if elected FA20 or later)
    • WGS 435 (WOMENSTD 435): Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 438: Gender, Health, and Well-Being in Africa
    • WGS 443 (WOMENSTD 443) / AAS 443: Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
    • WOMENSTD / HISTORY 448: Gender and the Family in China
    • WGS 471 (WOMENSTD 471) / HISTORY 429 / MIDEAST 432 / RELIGION 496: Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • WOMENSTD 492 / REEES / SOC 490: Women and Islam
    • WGS 496 (WOMENSTD 496) / MIDEAST / ISLAM 433: Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East.
    Students may also include:
      • WGS 240 (WOMENSTD 240) or WGS 250 (WOMENSTD 250) (when not taken as a foundation course)

        other special topics WGS or WOMENSTD courses on specific racial and ethnic groups approved by the Women's and Gender Studies department.

Gender, Race, and Nation Minor (Fall 2013)

Effective Fall 2013

This  minor is designed to introduce students to a range of feminist scholarship on the intersection of gender with race and ethnicity and with nation. Courses examine race and ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both. They analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other, and how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives past and present. The minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.

Prerequisites to the Minor: None.

Academic Minor Program

Five courses totaling at least 16 credits, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1.   Foundational Course: WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies)
  2.   Feminist Theory: One course chosen from: WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) or 422 (Feminist Political Theory) or 455 (Feminist Theory in Anthropology)
  3.   Electives: Three electives (9 credits) that focus on women in specific racial and ethnic groups (At least two courses must be upper-level courses, with at least one at the 400-level), chosen from:
    • WOMENSTD 212.  Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Fall 2014 , retroactive to Winter 2011)
    • WOMENSTD 220.  Perspectives in Women's Health
    • WOMENSTD 235.  Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Modern Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
    • WOMENSTD 243.  Latinas in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 250.  Gender, Race, & Nation
    • WOMENSTD 270.  Gender and the Law
    • WOMENSTD 293.  20th-Century Writing by Women of Color
    • WOMENSTD 301.  Writing Japanese Women
    • WOMENSTD 302.  Sex and Gender in Japan
    • WOMENSTD 304.  Gender and Immigration
    • WOMENSTD 306.  Women of Color and Feminism
    • WOMENSTD 307.  Critical Theory in Medicine and Healing
    • WOMENSTD 321.  Women's Lives in 20th-Century China
    • WOMENSTD 323.  Black Feminist Though and Practice
    • WOMENSTD 324.  Anthropology of Childbirth
    • WOMENSTD 328.  Women, Agency, and Sexual Safety
    • WOMENSTD 329.  Native American Feminism
    • WOMENSTD 335.  Gender and Globalization
    • WOMENSTD 336.  Black Women in America
    • WOMENSTD 337.  Black Women in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 343.  Special Topics in Gender and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 345.  Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 354.  Race and Identity in Music
    • WOMENSTD 357.  Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 360.  History of the Family in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 363.  Asian Pacific American Women
    • WOMENSTD 365.  Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, and Reproduction
    • WOMENSTD 366.  Sex and Sexualilty in U.S. Popular Culture
    • WOMENSTD 368.  Women and War in the Middle East
    • WOMENSTD 378.  Violence Against Women of Color
    • WOMENSTD 381.  Intersections: Fictions and Feminisms of the African Diaspora
    • WOMENSTD 390.  Homophobia in the Black World
    • WOMENSTD 425.  Feminist Practice in Oral History
    • WOMENSTD 427.  African Women
    • WOMENSTD 433.  Advanced Topics in Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 435.  Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 438.  Gender, Health, and Well-Being in Africa
    • WOMENSTD 443.  Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
    • WOMENSTD 448.  Gender and the Family in China
    • WOMENSTD 471. Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • WOMENSTD 492.  Women and Islam
    • WOMENSTD 496.  Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East.

      Students may also include other special topics WOMENSTD courses on specific racial and ethnic groups approved by the Women's Studies department.

Gender, Race, and Nation Minor (Fall 2012-Summer 2013)

Effective Fall 2012-Summer 2013

This  minor is designed to introduce students to a range of feminist scholarship on the intersection of gender with race and ethnicity and with nation. Courses examine race and ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both. They analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other, and how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives past and present. The minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.

Prerequisites to the Minor: None.

Academic Minor Program

Five courses totaling at least 16 credits, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1.   Foundational Course: WOMENSTD 240 (Introduction to Women's Studies)
  2.   Feminist Theory: One course chosen from: WOMENSTD 330 (Feminist Thought) or 422 (Feminist Political Theory) or 455 (Feminist Theory in Anthropology)
  3.   Electives: Three electives (9 credits) that focus on women in specific racial and ethnic groups (At least two courses must be upper-level courses, with at least one at the 400-level), chosen from:
    • WOMENSTD 212.  Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic (Fall 2014, retroactive to Winter 2011)
    • WOMENSTD 220.  Perspectives in Women's Health
    • WOMENSTD 235.  Harems to Terrorists: Representing the Modern Middle East in Hollywood Cinema
    • WOMENSTD 243.  Latinas in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 270.  Gender and the Law
    • WOMENSTD 293.  20th-Century Writing by Women of Color
    • WOMENSTD 301.  Writing Japanese Women
    • WOMENSTD 304.  Gender and Immigration
    • WOMENSTD 306.  Women of Color and Feminism
    • WOMENSTD 321.  Women's Lives in 20th-Century China
    • WOMENSTD 324.  Anthropology of Childbirth
    • WOMENSTD 328.  Women, Agency, and Sexual Safety
    • WOMENSTD 329.  Native American Feminism
    • WOMENSTD 335.  Gender and Globalization
    • WOMENSTD 336.  Black Women in America
    • WOMENSTD 337.  Black Women in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 343.  Special Topics in Gender and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 345.  Special Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 354.  Race and Identity in Music
    • WOMENSTD 357.  Feminist Practices in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 360.  History of the Family in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 363.  Asian Pacific American Women
    • WOMENSTD 365.  Global Perspectives on Gender, Health, and Reproduction
    • WOMENSTD 368.  Women and War in the Middle East
    • WOMENSTD 378.  Violence Against Women of Color
    • WOMENSTD 381.  Intersections: Fictions and Feminisms of the African Diaspora
    • WOMENSTD 390.  Homophobia in the Black World
    • WOMENSTD 427.  African Women
    • WOMENSTD 433.  Advanced Topics in Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
    • WOMENSTD 435.  Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
    • WOMENSTD 438.  Gender, Health, and Well-Being in Africa
    • WOMENSTD 443.  Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender and Health
    • WOMENSTD 448.  Gender and the Family in China
    • WOMENSTD 471. Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Islam
    • WOMENSTD 492.  Women and Islam
    • WOMENSTD 496.  Gender and Representation in the Modern Middle East.

      Students may also include other special topics WOMENSTD courses on specific racial and ethnic groups approved by the Women's Studies department.